Alumni in the News

Making their marks

Telfer School graduates waste little time making themselves known to the world. For instance, this year:

  • Leanne Idzerda, a 2010 Telfer MHA graduate, was one of six researchers under the age of 30 chosen as winners of the worldwide essay competition Young Researchers for Health 2010. In her award-wining essay—“Universal Health Care: Who Are We Missing?”—Leanne examined why certain groups of people with the greatest need for healthcare services are the least likely to take advantage of those services, even in high-income countries such as Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. Organized by The Lancet and the Global Forum on Health Research, the competition was held in November 2010 during the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research 2010 in Switzerland.
  • Jennifer Butson (BCom 2010) won the Gold Bootstrap Award “Best 20 and Under Startup” for her company Jennifer Lee Promotions. Kyle Braatz (BCom 2009) and Chris Beaudoin (current BCom student) won two Silver Bootstrap Awards, “Best Guerrilla Marketing Idea/Social Marketing” and “Most Innovative Social Enterprise Fundraiser”, for their company NetGen.ca. And Mohammad Al Zoubi (current BCom student) was awarded a Silver Bootstrap Award “Micro Business” for his company YouEtch.com. Launched by Dr. Bruce Firestone—Telfer School Entrepreneur in Residence—the Bootstrap Awards recognize the achievements of rising entrepreneurs.
  • Kanika Gupta (BCom 2008) was presented with the Youth Social Entrepreneur Award at the third annual Corporate and Community Social Responsibility conference. This prestigious award recognizes Kanika for her work in founding Nukoko, a non-profit organization that focuses on making primary school education accessible to all children.
  • Four Telfer Master in Science alumni used their newfound skills, knowledge and intellectual confidence to pursue doctorates in fields directly related to business management. These students are François Neville (J. Mack Robinson College of Business at the Georgia State University in Atlanta); Mehmet Onur Karadag (University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill); Sébastien Casault (University of Twente in the Netherlands); and Nicholas Bremner (University of Western Ontario).

Connect with alumni

If you’re a Telfer School alumnus, reconnect with fellow alumni via social media. Or become a member of the Telfer School Alumni Association. The association brings together alumni, current students and many others through a number of exciting annual events, including the Gala of Excellence and the Graduates' Reception.

2011-2012 Alumni Association (L-R): Jenah Thompson, BCom 2007 Director / Romy Ochmann St-Jean, BCom 2003, Director / Christian Coulombe, BCom 1998, EMBA 2010, Liaison and Director / Crystallina Chiu, BCom 2004, Vice-President / Kyle Braatz, B.Com 2009, Sponsorship Director / Vibha Bahl, BCom 2005, President / Déric G. Dubien, BCom 1998, Director / Jodie Harrison, B.Com, Director / Russell Fisher, BCom 1995, Director / Abdul-Aziz Garuba Jr., BCom 2008, Director / Nadya-Lee Ringuette, B.Com 2010, Secretary / Not shown: Pierre Kénel Bercy, BCom 1999, ITPM 2007, MBA 2010, Treasurer / Jonathan Bourgeois, BCom. 2009, Director / Siddiq Farid, BCom 2006, Director / Aurelien Leftick, B.Com, Director / Jasmine Wong, B.Com 2010, Director

Life of the party

Guy Laflamme

Guy Laflamme,
Sr. Vice President, NCC

Telfer MBA alumnus and current part-time professor Guy Laflamme became the first Canadian appointed to the board of directors of the International Festivals & Events Association. This group helps marketing and communications professionals around the world promote festivals and other celebratory events. A senior vice-president at the National Capital Commission, Guy is a perfect fit for his new role. For the past two decades, he has been a key player in planning and implementing some of the most prominent celebrations in our country, including Winterlude and the Canada Day festivities in Ottawa.